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With over 3000 miles of freshwater shoreline, Michigan is a top spot for boating trips. While you are enjoying the exquisite beauty of Michigan’s waters, be sure to bring along some Michigan beers. With Michigan’s growing selection of craft beer, you will have plenty to choose from. Here are a few beers that will refresh you on a warm, sunny day in the Great Lakes State.

1. Bell’s Brewery Oberon, Pale wheat ale; 5.8%

A great summer beer, Oberon is a popular choice because of its smooth feel and refreshing citrus flavor. The beer, made with only four ingredients, has a fruity aroma with a hint of spice for the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. With its cheerful sunny golden orange color, you won’t want to miss this signature beer on your trip to Michigan.

2. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Amber Ale, La Roja, American wild ale; 7.2%

If you prefer a sour beer, Jolly Pumpkin’s Artisan Amber Ale is a great choice. Barrel-aged and tart in flavor, this beer has a dark amber color and a dry, crispy texture that will refresh you on a warm, sunny day on Michigan’s gorgeous lakes.

3. Austin Brothers Beer Co, Blood Orange Mango Smoothie IPA; 6%

On a hot summer day, this juicy IPA hits the spot. Brewed with lactose, this beer will remind you of an orange creamsicle. Medium in carbonation and perfectly balanced in flavor, this robust and fruity beer is a perfect choice for your boating adventure.

4. Bell’s Pooltime Ale, Wheat ale; 5%

Made by Bell’s Brewery, this refreshing Belgian-style beer is similar to Oberon but with the addition of the juice of Montmorency cherries from the Traverse City area. The sweet, tart taste and fruity character make this an ideal beer to enjoy on a Michigan boat trip.

5. Short’s Brew, Local’s Light; 5.2%

Crafted by Joe Short in 2004, this crisp “beer in its simplest form” is bright yellow in color, balanced in flavor, and highly drinkable. Redesigned in 2018, it remains one of the state’s most popular and beloved beer and is the perfect complement for a long summer day on the water.

6. Founders Brewing Co., All Day IPA; 4.7%

This is the flagship beer at Founders, Michigan’s largest brewery. Its low alcohol content makes it easy to drink and a great choice for a boating trip. It is flavorful, crisp, and refreshing. If you are looking for a great IPA, you can’t go wrong with this flavorful, crisp, and refreshing beer.

7. Stroh Brewery Co., Bohemian-Style Pilsner; 5.5%

This all-malt European-style pilsner is brewed in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood using Saaz and Magnum hops with Vienna malt. It is perfect if you are looking for a crisp pilsner with a moderately bitter hop.

8. Old Nation Brewing Co.; M-43

A flavorful New England style IPA that is hoppy and but not overly bitter, M-43 is made in Williamston from pilsner malts, wheat, and oat. Best when consumed fresh, this popular beer, with its citrus flavor and a creamy feel, is an excellent choice for boaters.

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